There are several variations of beef noodles in Penang with the all time favorite beef ball noodles and the Hakka beef ball noodles.

This time the focus is on the Ngau Larm Mee stall (Chinese style braised beef brisket noodle) at Sai Lam, an old coffee shop at the corner of Chulia Street and Carnarvon Street. This delicious braised beef can be served with variation of noodles: springy thin or the broad wanton noodles or better still with hor fun.  Whatever the choice is, it comes with generous portion of flavorful beef pieces.

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Dry Ngau Larm Mee with broad noodles

The soup version of Ngau Larm mee which comes in a rich beef soup and lots of chopped green onions was just as delicious.


Broad  noodle with tender pieces of braised beef in a rich and flavorful beef soup

If prefer, one can order just the plain noodle and side dishes of Ngau Larm or wanton soup to go with it.


Even a plain plate of wanton mee comes with plenty of choy sum

Besides the braised beef brisket, their wantons are always an additional side order for me. The wanton skin wrappers is filled with generous amount of minced meat and made on the spot by the owner.


Thin noodle in flavorful beef soup with wanton



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31 comments so far


wow this is awesome, I am a great fan of beef noodle, I just love the soup! hey! the satayman serve such a rusty was, just look at the metal plate, just what they use when i was a little boy! lol!

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June 29th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I think I will enjoy those oodles of flat noodles and couple with the three quarter cooked beef, it makes a mean meal to have.

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June 29th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

CK!!!!! it’s 11.18pm and i feel hungry again looking at your pictures! wish i could put a piece of ngau lam in my mouth now <3

p/s: my sisters hate ngau lam, they say it looks like towel… -_-

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June 29th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Big Boys Oven – A few of the hawkers still serve food in those metal plates around town and the satay man is one of them.

jencooks – You really know how to enjoy your food.

xin – Haha…you sure like to makan, hope to go for more food outing with you.

June 30th, 2009 at 12:09 am

aaaah penang food, i only tried the hokkien mee not enough!! :D

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June 30th, 2009 at 12:49 am

Really nice photos, and you’ve taken photos of the person cooking the satay, really good ones! I don’t take beef, so happy that they have so many other things to offer. And even toasted bread for the potato sauce, sounds delicious!

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June 30th, 2009 at 5:25 am

so much nice food….esp the fish head noodle…i love it…

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June 30th, 2009 at 8:55 am

I would like to try out the fish head noodle. But the toast bread to go with potato sauce is something weird to me :P

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June 30th, 2009 at 9:44 am

Nowadays it’s hard to find good pork satay and the sweet potato, chili and sour plum sauce is so special!

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June 30th, 2009 at 10:06 am

I had no idea there was a pork satay stall there! This has been my hunting list for the longest time… I think at one time I heard there was one lurking about Bangkok Lane? Can somebody confirm this please?

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June 30th, 2009 at 11:23 am

ah…. i like the Hainamese satay. Something different. But I am not sure if the Hainamese Satay stall owner is the same as the one in Bangkok Lane before as I was told that sometime they will move to the nearby shell station along the road.
The fish been hoon soup must be very tasty looking at the brooth. Ah…. will mark down this place. ^-^

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June 30th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

never noticed that place .. thanks for sharing.

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June 30th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

i’ve tasted many Hakka noodles but definitely not the beef version. very interesting!

great post. definitely good to know the different genres of Chinese hawkerfare in Penang!

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June 30th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Hi CK, you make me hunggrrri..all those awesome food pornography you displayed :))) salivating :p i love the beef brisket and the wanton..yum yum…eer hunngri now ^ * thanks for sharing the place :)

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June 30th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Never heard of hainanese satay before this… dunno whether can find this in kl or not?

June 30th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

U should try the Hainan satay at Bangkok Lane on tue, thur and sat no bad

June 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

christock – In that case, come on over to Penang for a makan trip.

Sugar Bean – Not to worry as there are many more food stalls located beside this coffee shop.

SimpleGirl – It taste good too…slightly different from the clear soup version.

allie – There is always the common peanut sauce if you don’t like the potato chili version.

foodbin – There might be a few left, but I only came across two.

June 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

550ml jar of faith – The Bangkok Lane stall is still there and only available on tue, thur and sat whereas this satay is on daily except sunday.

Food Paradise – This satay is different from the one in Bangkok Lane. This are the only two stalls that I have come across so far.

Duckie – Remember that it’s closed on Sunday

Nic (KHKL) – Glad you find it interesting.

Elin – You know which shop to look for when you want the beef brisket.

Mindy – Not too sure if it is available in KL. Hope other readers can help out here.

Tan – It’s difficult to keep track of him…sometimes he is not there on those days too. His satay is good too.

June 30th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

The dry Ngau Nam with flat noodles looks so special and tempting. Never knew there is hainanese satay too. Will try out these one day. Thks for sharing.

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July 1st, 2009 at 10:19 am

the beef noodles and satay look really special! is this beef noodle a must try in penang? if it is, i’ll bookmark it for my next visit (which is don;’t know when)…

July 1st, 2009 at 10:58 am

Wow, u have lots of lobang for good foods neh~i never heard hainanese satay b4.

July 1st, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I like the satay.. especially the middle part the ‘fat’.. with the potato sauce and toast… yum yum… hehee… Bangkok lane have 1 stall also… but i donno is it the same stall… the uncle will sell on tues and thurs if i’m not mistaken…

July 1st, 2009 at 6:39 pm

I don’t take beef. The noodles look really yummy! It will be great to me if the beef is substituted with pork or chicken. :p

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July 1st, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Hainanese satay with potato sauce!! must go try this. The Bangkok Lane one is hard to catch. Comes whenever he likes.
Don’t fancy beef…but the hokkien char and fish beehoon looks nice too!! :)

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July 2nd, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Hi CK u’re a real food gourmet..I’m a penangite too..but don’t know d locatio of d braised beef noodle that u’ve mention,,any more specific landmark n what time is d stall open..TKS ALOT!!

July 5th, 2009 at 7:45 am

Sweet Jasmine – Its nice to know that you find it interesting.

octopusmum – If you like beef, then you should try it, plus the satay too.

shell – Haha…just wanting to try out different food. Do check out this version of satay.

Mabel – These two stalls are different. Do try out this to see if you like it or not.

food-4tots – Looks like you have to go for the wanton and charsiew if you don’t take beef.

buzzingbee – Hope you are able to catch hold of this satay.

priscilla – Do click on page 3 for the map location on my post. The braised beef is open from lunch till early dinner.

July 5th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

i tried them last night and the ngau larm mee is very nice. I never knew the stall exist although the roadside side char hor fun stall is a family favourite! eheheh

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July 7th, 2009 at 9:47 am

Eve – Glad you like it. Do try the fish beehoon from the roadside stall too

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July 7th, 2009 at 10:06 am

Yes, i love the Hainanese satay – limited about 300 sticks per day only from 6 ~9pm oredi nearly finished. gotta 2 types of sauce very different from our normal satay sauce.
in between the satay pieces he inserted a piece of pork fats – when u eat the taste is excellent!
Good choice!

January 18th, 2010 at 8:55 am

I am so looking forward to try this stall when I go Penang this coming June!! ^^

March 7th, 2014 at 9:01 am

BTW.. is this stall still around? its been few years back hehe..

March 7th, 2014 at 9:03 am

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